June 19, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Sea Creatures in Their Own Words #2 Armed and Dangerous

Dive into the deep-end with this new series and hear from Sea Creatures, great and small, in their own words! Clown around with clownfish, float around with a puffer fish, and soar with flying fish! This fun exploration of the deep blue sea and all the marine life in it is perfect for any budding marine biologist!

The Clownfish
The Anemone
The Parrot Fish
The Mimic Octopus
The Iguana
The Cuttlefish
The Mandarinfish
The Sea Dragon
The Stingray
The Pike's Place
The Zebra Mantis Shrimp
The Remora
The Spider Crab
The Velvet Crab
The Arrow Crab
The Anilocra
and many more!

5 Stars
Science can be fun, especially when it is packaged in this colorful graphic novel! There are so many types of fish who come to life to show the dangers of the ocean it is an exciting read. Great graphic novel illustrations and wonderful information on home sharing and some of the ecological dangers that affect our oceans today. This book would be great for both readers and nonreaders and the subject matter is excellent!

Make a collage poster or bulletin board with these coloring pages

June 5, 2017

Children's Book Review: My Favorite Animal: Otters

Learn all about otters in this fun and informational text. Like all books in the My Favorite Animal Series, Otters offers engaging facts and checks the reader's knowledge and comprehension throughout the book.

Otters in Ebook Form

5 Stars

My Favorite Animal: Otters is filled with wonderful photographs of otters and short easily learned passages about their daily life.  Once a fact is given, there will be a question asked to reinforce the material. This book would work well for a classroom or a parent and child reading time. There is a glossary in the back to review unfamiliar terms used in the book.

May 22, 2017

Chapter Book Review: Abracadabra

The show must go on!
A mysterious trunk filled with props for their latest performance packs a walloping punch to the Backyard Players. When a magic wand turns out to really be magic, the friends must find a way to reverse the spell before the curtain rises.
This chapter book is perfect for fans of the Magic Treehouse series and for kids who love putting on performances.

Find Abracadabra on Amazon

4 Stars
Four kids make up the Backyard Players complete with their own stage in a backyard to put on productions they write, produce and act in for friends and family. They use a magic wand for a prop and accidentally put a spell on PJ one of the Backyard Players. From there they have to figure out how to change their friend back and still perform a play that night. This was a cute story and would be an enjoyable read for any junior thespian. The children engage in problem-solving and there are some sections when they argue and have to learn to work together. 

April 30, 2017

Book Review: Dancing Paws of Magic

Dancing Paws of Magic
Deep in the countryside near Plucker’s Bottom stands Pluckerslea Hall, an English stately home dating back to the thirteenth century. Visiting furless folk are unaware of the secret tunnels that run beneath, and the music rooms, dormitories, dance studios and theatre fitted out for occupants of a much smaller stature. 

The occupants are cats! Cats wearing tights, tutus, make-up and wigs, and cats performing in ballets like Coppelia and Swan Lake. But when a beautiful gypsy cat warns of impending doom and trouble comes from the ruthless Bruiser Bumfluff, his fiendish crows and the cut-throat Black Treacle Farm Gang, the cats stop dancing, leaving their ballet master, Erico Poochetti the Shih Tzu, in tears. The future looks bleak for the Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company as an evil being plots revenge, lurking in the shadows and watching their every move. 

Can the ghostly presence of a magical Irish Lepremogg restore the cats’ amazing dancing paws of magic? 

Inspired by the books of Pamela Brown, Noel Streatfield and Gladys Malvern, the second book in Maria McArdle’s Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company series tells of a friendship between animals that would otherwise be enemies and their fears and determination to preserve their magical way of life. 

Dancing Paws of Magic contains a number of Maria’s own beautiful illustrations and will be enjoyed by children aged 9-11 years with a love of dancing, theater, and cats, as well as fans of her first book, Introducing the Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company.

                                             4 Stars
This book is for kids who love cats and ballet. Because of the vocabulary level, I would recommend it for a good reader in grades 3-5. It would also be a great read-out-loud. There are many unusual names in Dancing Paws of Magic so a child with dyslexia may find it frustrating.  This book has many chapters, but read aloud to children who love animals and funny situations, it would be delightful.